Selection Criteria

  • 35% Purpose of the Program (Originality):  Discuss the program details, including all considerations for implementation, assessment of management support at all levels, and obstacles to establishment and implementation.  Include a description of the organization including number of employees, products and services, and annual sales figures.  Also include the perceived and actual benefits.  The nominee’s leadership and initiative in introducing a new work life balance policy with emphasis on the individual’s contributions to implementation and success should also be included in this section.
  • 35% Impact of the Program:  Provide the percentage of employees eligible for the specified benefit and include evidence of organizational support of advancing employees who have taken advantage of work-life options.  Include an assessment of the impact on women engineers and managers in particular, and all employees in general.  Also discuss the programs’/benefits’ potential to increase the retention and promotion of women in technical and technical management positions in the organization.
  • 20% Successes and Challenges:  Discuss areas that were most successful, and any challenges the nominee had to overcome in establishing, implementing and maintaining the program.  Provide any personal anecdotes and information pertinent to the establishment of the program.
  • 10% Leadership and Community Involvement:  Describe participation in business, professional, community, and/or civic organizations.

Nomination Checklist

The following information constitutes a complete nomination:

  • A completed application  
  • A formal statement:
    • With 1.5 line spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, right).  
    • Maximum length of 2,500 words.
    • Address each of the Selection Criteria above with each new section title bolded, underlined and centered.
      • Include the following sections:  Introduction Purpose of the Program (Originality); Impact of the Program; Successes and Challenges; Leadership and Community Involvement; Conclusion
    • DO NOT include graphics or photos within the formal statement.
  • The candidate’s resume (or curriculum vitae) with single line spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, right).  Length of 2 pages or less.
  • The candidate’s SWE resume with single line spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, right).  Length of 3 pages or less.  Optional for the Work/Life Integration Award.  
  • The candidate’s biography of no more than 500 words to be used as a basis for SWE publications. The submitted biography may be edited for clarity/content and editorial style. Award recipients will be able to verify the biography before publication. Please do not include any proprietary information in the biography.
  • At least three (3) and not more than four (4) supporting letters. Letters must clearly state who the recommender is and his or her relationship to the nominee.
    • At least two letters must be from employees who have benefited from the program.  
    • At least one letter must be from a SWE member should discuss the positive impact on women in engineering in the organization.
    • All letters of recommendation require some form of authentication from the author. This can be a signature from the author, or an email header showing that the letter originated from the author. This is considered an electronic signature. Any letter without signature will be dropped from the package and may cause disqualification. Nominator is required to retain the documentation should SWE inquire for verification.  

All above nomination materials must be compiled into one document and saved using the following naming format: AwardTitle_NomineeLastName.